The mind and body are very closely connected- there is a powerful bond through which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health. Thoughts can positively influence the body’s physical responses, thereby decreasing stress and so we usually think the mind is in control and it tells the body what to do. While still very true, more and more research now shows the prominence and utmost importance of a body –mind connection.
Latest scientific evidence talks about the body’s influence on our psyche*. Movement is extremely important for cognitive development and enhancement for babies, young children adults and the elderly alike. Mobile kids hit cognitive milestones faster and in older adults exercise promotes healthy aging mentally and physically. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4157467/).
Ask us about the “The Joy of Living” – a useful handbook that discusses some simple, satisfying mind-body activities which adequately compliments any individualized therapeutic program.
Walking is a perfect exercise, whether you are drawn to brisk walking or simply ambling, preferably in a place of beauty and serenity for at least 45 minutes every other day. Walking for benefit increases circulation and oxygen levels. Deep, slow in and out breaths, even while walking slowly, accelerates the lymph flow, which is a major detoxification system of the body. Walking can also be linked to deep relaxation, mindfulness practice, or meditation, further activating the body’s innate healing capacities.
-Excerpt from “The Joy of Living”